Performing in the field of classical music it’s easy to fall under the spell of the past. This is not the case for the young and innovative Norwegian string ensemble 1B1. The group was founded in 2008 by visionary violinist and artistic leader Jan Bjøranger, and assembled from a pool of outstanding professional and student musicians from southwestern Norway – each marked-out by a desire to learn, a willingness to work and a passion for music in all its forms. 1B1 is actively expanding the the repertoire and possibilities in classical music, rather than following the rule book handed down from earlier generations. From 1B1’s first public performance in 2008, its hallmarks were audible: a tight, smooth sound with a dash of fizz and noticeable sense of rhythm – of groove. Taking the lead from rock, jazz and world musicians, the ensemble removes music stands wherever possible – eliminating the barrier between performers and fans. This is the kind of attitude that has led to a Norwegian Grammy for their Holberg Variations album, as well as collaborative efforts with composers and musicians like Arvo Pärt, Steve Reich, Clemens Hagen, and Wilco drummer Glenn Kotche, among others. For more information, visit www.1b1.no.